AfroCrowd (stylized as AfroCROWD) is an initiative to create and improve information about black culture and history on Wikipedia. The New York City-based project was founded by Alice Backer in 2015.[1][2]

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Formation2015; 7 years ago (2015)
FounderAlice Backer


Alice Backer in 2015

Some observers have noted a dearth in content pertaining to sub-Saharan African history on Wikipedia.[3] In 2015, lawyer Alice Backer founded AfroCROWD.[2] Backer launched AfroCROWD to, "rectify Wikipedia's lack of articles about black history and black culture."[1] According to Backer the aim of the project is to, "give people of color opportunities to do more than participate in and consume social media."[4]

Strategies and tacticsEdit

AfroCROWD Manager Sherry Antoine talked with German Wikipedia editor Sebastian Wallroth at WikiConference North America 2018 in Columbus, Ohio for podcast WikiJabber

AfroCROWD hosts edit-a-thons and talks across the metropolitan New York area.[1] They have partnered with other organizations such as the Haiti Cultural Exchange and Haitian Creole Language Institute to host these events.[5]

A related organization to Afro-Crowd is the Black Lunch Table.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Allum, Cynthia (February 29, 2016). "Women leading movements to champion equality on Wikipedia". The New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Delices, Patrick. "Black Digital Empowerment Through AfroCROWD workshops". Black Star News. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Matsuuchi, Ann (2017). "Connecting Wikipedia and the Archive: Building a Public History of HIV/AIDS in New York City". WikiStudies. 1 (1).
  4. ^ Murphy, Carla (February 4, 2015). "Can 'Black Wikipedia' Take Off Like 'Black Twitter'?". ColorLines. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Jean, Fabiola (February 19, 2015). "AfroCrowd: Owning Haitian History Through Digital Empowerment". Haitian Times. Retrieved October 20, 2017.

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